most distant in any direction
I find that the district he named is in the
extreme east of the country, just on the borders of three states, Transylvania, Moldavia and Bukovina, in the midst of the Carpathian mountains; one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe.
great in size, force, extent, or degree
Then I descended from the side of the coach, as the calèche was close alongside, the driver helping me with a hand which caught my arm in a grip of steel; his strength must have been
highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
He petted and soothed them, and whispered something in their ears, as I have heard of horse-tamers doing, and with
extraordinary effect, for under his caresses they became quite manageable again, though they still trembled.
shut out from view
Once there appeared a strange optical effect: when he stood between me and the flame he did not
obstruct it, for I could see its ghostly flicker all the same.
having or showing arrogant superiority
How he came there, I know not, but I heard his voice raised in a tone of
imperious command, and looking towards the sound, saw him stand in the roadway.
not perceptible to the touch
As he swept his long arms, as though brushing aside some
impalpable obstacle, the wolves fell back and back further still.
wearing or provided with clothing
Within, stood a tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache, and
clad in black from head to foot, without a single speck of colour about him anywhere.
rise and fall of the voice pitch
The old man motioned me in with his right hand with a courtly gesture, saying in excellent English, but with a strange
intonation: “Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!”
characterized by undue haste and lack of thought
The instant, however, that I had stepped over the threshold, he moved impulsively forward, and holding out his hand grasped mine with a strength which made me wince, an effect which was not lessened by the fact that it seemed as cold as ice—more like the hand of a dead than a living man.
characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners
The light and warmth and the Count’s
courteous welcome seemed to have dissipated all my doubts and fears.
suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
My host, who stood on one side of the great fireplace, leaning against the stonework, made a
graceful wave of his hand to the table, and said: “I pray you, be seated and sup how you please. You will, I trust, excuse me that I do not join you; but I have dined already, and I do not sup.”
curved down like an eagle's beak
His face was a strong—a very strong—
aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils; with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere.
the property of being extremely abundant
His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own
a healthy capacity for vigorous activity
The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth; these protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing
vitality in a man of his years.
lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
Hitherto I had noticed the backs of his hands as they lay on his knees in the firelight, and they had seemed rather white and fine; but seeing them now close to me, I could not but notice that they were rather
coarse—broad, with squat fingers.
one of the pointed teeth between the incisors and premolars
The Count smiled, and as his lips ran back over his gums, the long, sharp,
canine teeth showed out strangely
bitter or scornful
Somehow his words and his look did not seem to accord, or else it was that his cast of face made his smile look malignant and
an acknowledgment or expression of good will
Having answered the Count’s
salutation, I turned to the glass again to see how I had been mistaken.
a blood vessel that carries blood toward the heart
We Szekelys have a right to be proud, for in our
veins flows the blood of many brave races who fought as the lion fights, for lordship.
serve as the inciting cause of
Was it not this Dracula, indeed, who
inspired that other of his race who in a later age again and again brought his forces over the great river into Turkey-land; who, when he was beaten back, came again, and again, and again, though he had to come alone from the bloody field where his troops were being slaughtered, since he knew that he alone could ultimately triumph!
concerned with actual use
He seemed thoroughly to understand, and went on to ask if there would be any
practical difficulty in having one man to attend, say, to banking, and another to look after shipping, in case local help were needed in a place far from the home of the banking solicitor.
shrewdness shown by keen insight
For a man who was never in the country, and who did not evidently do much in the way of business, his knowledge and
acumen were wonderful.
characteristic way of holding one's body
while Count Dracula was speaking, there was that in his eyes and in his
bearing which made me remember that I was a prisoner, and that if I wished it I could have no choice.
shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
He finished his speech in a
gruesome way, for he motioned with his hands as if he were washing them.
But my very feelings changed to
repulsion and terror when I saw the whole man slowly emerge from the window and begin to crawl down the castle wall over that dreadful abyss, face down with his cloak spreading out around him like great wings.
I saw the fingers and toes
grasp the corners of the stones, worn clear of the mortar by the stress of years, and by thus using every projection and inequality move downwards with considerable speed, just as a lizard moves along a wall.
an outward appearance that is deliberately misleading
What manner of man is this, or what manner of creature is it in the
semblance of man?
a feeling of intense anger
As my eyes opened involuntarily I saw his strong hand grasp the slender neck of the fair woman and with giant’s power draw it back, the blue eyes transformed with fury, the white teeth champing with
rage, and the fair cheeks blazing red with passion.
shining with an unnatural red glow
The red light in them was
lurid, as if the flames of hell-fire blazed behind them.
agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication
Last night the Count asked me in the
suavest tones to write three letters, one saying that my work here was nearly done, and that I should start for home within a few days, another that I was starting on the next morning from the time of the letter, and the third that I had left the castle and arrived at Bistritz.
kindness in welcoming guests or strangers
See!”—he must have looked at it—“one is from you, and to my friend Peter Hawkins; the other”—here he caught sight of the strange symbols as he opened the envelope, and the dark look came into his face, and his eyes blazed wickedly—“the other is a vile thing, an outrage upon friendship and
disagreeable to the senses
Somewhere high overhead, probably on the tower, I heard the voice of the Count calling in his
harsh, metallic whisper.
unnatural lack of color in the skin
He was either dead or asleep, I could not say which—for the eyes were open and stony, but without the glassiness of death—and the cheeks had the warmth of life through all their
pallor; the lips were as red as ever.
extremely evil or cruel
He smiled, such a soft, smooth,
diabolical smile that I knew there was some trick behind his smoothness.
refined or imposing in manner or appearance
After a pause of a moment, he proceeded, in his
stately way, to the door, drew back the ponderous bolts, unhooked the heavy chains, and began to draw it open.
the exultation of victory
The last I saw of Count Dracula was his kissing his hand to me; with a red light of
triumph in his eyes, and with a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of.
eating until excessively full
He lay like a filthy leech, exhausted with his
expressing contempt or ridicule
There was a
mocking smile on the bloated face which seemed to drive me mad.
fill to satisfaction
This was the being I was helping to transfer to London, where, perhaps, for centuries to come he might, amongst its teeming millions,
satiate his lust for blood, and create a new and ever-widening circle of semi-demons to batten on the helpless.
the quality of threatening evil
The last glimpse I had was of the bloated face, blood-stained and fixed with a grin of
malice which would have held its own in the nethermost hell.